Middle school ministry is so relational!
Recently, there has been a shortage of middle school volunteers in The Element. Â This is such a shame because Â our middle school students are EPIC!
Then it dawned on me that you would never know how sweet it is to hang with a middle schooler without jumping in.
That is, until now… Â
Every year The Element hosts an event called Camp-In (our version on the lock in).
We had the Middle School Camp-In a few weeks ago the videos have started to pour in. Â I believe watching the unashamed joy of middle school students will bring a smile to any face no matter how stressful the day is and inspire those on the fence to jump in.
With that said,Â considerÂ these videos my gift to you!
Video #1: A Leaders Perspective, curtsyÂ of Andia Greenleeï¿½
Video #2 A Student Perspective (8th grade), curtsy ofÂ Hannah Kinsley
If that doesn’t get you stoked to hang out with middle school students, I don’t know what would!
InterestedÂ in getting involved? Â Check out The Element middle school site HERE and/or leave a commentÂ with any questions you have.
I want to take this opportunityÂ to highlight a company that I admire. Â Start up t-shirt companies have become asÂ clichÃ©Â as the college freshman playingÂ acousticÂ guitarÂ outside the girls dorm rooms. Â ItÂ seemsÂ like every time I turn around there is another one vying for our attention with their catchy sayings and ironic pictures.
Jedidiah has become more than a t-shirt company. Â They have become a movement/ community of surfers, artists, and activists. Â They are people who are not satisfied with the status quo and use their talents andÂ passionsÂ to bring about change.
I could go on and on about all this “t-shirt company” stands for, but I think it’ll be more impacting if you take some time to check out their site for yourself. Â While you’re there, buy a shirt to show your support. Â Not only will you have a sick new shirt, but you’ll be supporting a company that stands for something.
This morning the Element office was transformed into an air soft Â shooting range by our dear friend Jenn. To be honest, the day did not start out very well so this was a much neededÂ distraction. This video was taken on a cell phone so forgive theÂ quality. Â I simply want to give Â you a look into the life of an Element Pastor.Â
Hope you enjoy.
Jenn gave us 6 targets to neutralize with our toy guns. Â Notice the sharp shooter!Â
Brad got board and started to shoot us instead of the targets. Â
Croy took this game veryÂ seriouslyÂ and I felt the need to shoot Brad in the face.
We then shot the rest of the staff as they were trying to be productive.Â
How was your day at work?
*Special thanks to Brad for supplying the guns and Jenn for the course and videoÂ footage.
Last week The Element MidWeek had my amazing friend Matt Addington stop by and setup his photo booth.
I am so stoked about Â serving along side the staff and volunteers of The Element as well as am enamored with the students we live life with that I couldn’t help but post a few of Matt’s shots on the blog.
There are many more from this night on Matt’s Flicker. Â ClickÂ HERE to check them out.
*A bit more about Matt Addington:
Matt is one of those guys who has the golden touch. Ever since the day I meet him and he tried to kiss me (a funny story for another day) it wasÂ obviousÂ Â that Matt was one of those guys who would “make it”.
Over our five plus years of friendship, Matt has developed into one of the best photographers I’ve ever known. Â The photos in this post were just for fun, a favor he did for our ministry. Â So now that you’ve glanced at these pictures take a moment and visit Matt’s site by clicking Â HERE and see his real skills. Â I assure you will not beÂ disappointed. Â You can also see a few more of his shots throughout the past posts of my blog.